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Q. How do you handle things with your other dogs while breeding?
Hi there,

I'm planning to breed my beautiful whippet bitch when she is ready on her 3rd season, I have a very lovely male set up and all is sorted and arranged with the stud, this is my first litter so i have been researching all i can. I am planning to use a welping box and later move to a cornered off section of the room and the bitches dog crate, a heat lamp is on stand by if needed etc. I am fairly confident that I know most of what book can teach me but there's only so much books can teach you.

My concern is my other dogs.

My house layout is dining room and living room is open planned, and the dogs stay in the dinning room area unless told otherwise, as a dog trainer I work the dogs as a pack and use pecking order etc my concern is because i am moving my bitch and pups out of the area do I allow the other dogs to interact with the bitch which is what I would perfer to do, one dog I know for sure is very good around young pups the other I don't know, she has never seen puppies before.

My other dogs are a castrated male 9 year old toy poodle who I am certain will be fine, and a young (under a year) German Shepherd cross Rottie, who has a very soppy nature with humans, with dogs she is a bit shy at first but can get a tad rough in play

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Annemare

A. We always keep our other dogs separated from a bitch with pups, I don’t even allow them in the same room. It only takes an instant for an accident to happen, either the female getting upset and accidentally stepping on the pups to rush over to defend them or one of the other dogs thinking the pups are something to play with or kill. I am NEVER complacent about this. You can’t be certain that one of your dogs won’t behave inappropriately and it’s just not worth the risk.

I would make sure you have a visual and physical barrier between the mom and babies and the rest of your pack.

You can search the website on breeding dogs, and I would also recommend this dvd. http://www.leerburg.com/118.htm

Hope this helps.
  
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